Looking for a delicious healthier homemade alternative to Hamburger Helper? This Instant Pot Cheeseburger Pasta is a yummy one-pot recipe inspired by Hamburger Helper! With some vegetables snuck in, this homemade hamburger helper will have you ditching that box! Non Instant Pot instructions included!
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Instant Pot Cheeseburger Pasta / Homemade Hamburger Helper

Looking for a delicious healthier homemade alternative to Hamburger Helper? This Instant Pot Cheeseburger Pasta is a yummy one-pot recipe inspired by Hamburger Helper! With some vegetables snuck in, this homemade hamburger helper will have you ditching that box! Non Instant Pot instructions included!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Instant Pot, One Pot
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 7 servings
Calories 479kcal
Author Carmy

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 shallots diced (or 1 onion)
  • 6 cloves garlic sliced
  • 1-2 carrots diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 227 grams mushrooms
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes with liquid
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 lb macaroni elbow pasta
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 8 oz spinach roughly chopped
  • 1-2 cup cheese sharp cheddar or your choice
  • chili flakes optional

Instructions

Instant Pot Instructions

  • On sauté mode on your Instant Pot, lightly brown your beef before adding the shallots, garlic, carrot, mushroom, and salt/pepper to taste. 
  • Add in your can of deiced tomatoes with its liquid and 2 cups of beef broth. Give it a good stir before adding your dry pasta on top. Do not mix. Gently pat down the pasta to make sure your pasta is touching the liquid. Add half a cup of water on top if needed.
  • Put on your lid and seal your Instant Pot. Set it to 3 minutes under high pressure.
  • Once it's done, quick release and open the lid. Carve out a little bit of pasta on the side and pour in the frozen peas there. Give it a good stir before combining the spinach and cheese.
  • Serve with chili flakes on top if you're looking for some heat.

Stove Top Instructions

  • In a large pot on medium-high heat, add the olive oil and beef. Lightly brown the beef before adding the shallots, garlic, carrot, mushroom, and salt/pepper to taste.
  • Add in your can of diced tomatoes with its liquid and 2 cups of beef broth (more if necessary). Give it a good stir before adding your dry pasta. Give it a stir and then cover for 10-15 minutes (remove the cover to stir occasionally). 
  • Once the pasta is cooked through, stir in the frozen peas, spinach, and cheese. Serve with or without chili flakes on top.

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Nutrition

Serving: 7servings | Calories: 479kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 600mg | Potassium: 1031mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 4945IU | Vitamin C: 30.5mg | Calcium: 223mg | Iron: 5.2mg